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Juan Romero, the hotel busboy who sprung to the aid of Robert F. Kennedy the day he was gunned down in Los Angeles in 1968, has died of a heart attack, family members say.
Romero, 68, passed away in Modesto Monday, according to the Los Angeles Times. A brother and niece confirmed the news.
The article goes on to state the following:
“He had a heart attack several days ago and his brain went too long without oxygen,” his friend, TV reporter Rigo Chacon, told the newspaper. “He passed away on Monday morning.”
Romero was 17 years old on June 6, 1968, when Kennedy, then a presidential hopeful, made remarks at the Ambassador Hotel.
After Kennedy spoke to supporters, following his victory in that day’s California Democratic presidential primary, he walked through the hotel’s kitchen, where he paused to greet employees, including Romero.
“I remember extending my hand as far as I could, and then I remember him shaking my hand,” Romero told NPR in June, recalling that day. “And as he let go, somebody shot him.”
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Juan Romero, the busboy who cradled Robert Kennedy’s head after he was shot, has died. Romero blamed himself for years. We spoke to him back in June on the 50th anniversary of the RFK assassination pic.twitter.com/9Jn4Vpugv8
— Colin Jones (@colinjones) October 4, 2018
Juan Romero, Busboy Who Cradled Dying RFK, Dies At 68 https://t.co/HTcz5kdZx2
— NPR (@NPR) October 4, 2018
Juan Romero, the hotel busboy who came to Robert F. Kennedy’s aid after the New York senator was shot in Los Angeles, has died. https://t.co/nSbbJKf5wC
— The Associated Press (@AP) October 4, 2018
— Star Tribune (@StarTribune) October 4, 2018
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